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upset the applecart

To ruin or interfere with one's plans or goals. Look, he's not trying to upset the applecart—he just needs to meet later in the day now, that's all.
See also: applecart, upset

I don't want to alarm you, but

 and I don't want to upset you, but
an expression used to introduce bad or shocking news or gossip. Bill: I don't want to alarm you, but I see someone prowling around your car. Mary: Oh, goodness! I'll call the police! Bob: I don't want to upset you, but I have some bad news. Tom: Let me have it.
See also: alarm, but, want

upset someone's plans

Fig. to ruin someone's plans. I hope it doesn't upset your plans if I'm late for the meeting. No, it won't upset my plans at all.
See also: plan, upset

upset the apple cart

Fig. to mess up or ruin something. Tom really upset the apple cart by telling Mary the truth about Jane. I always knew he'd tell secrets and upset the apple cart.
See also: apple, cart, upset

upset the applecart

Spoil carefully laid plans, as in Now don't upset the applecart by revealing where we're going. This expression started out as upset the cart, used since Roman times to mean "spoil everything." The precise idiom dates from the late 1700s.
See also: applecart, upset

upset the applecart

If someone or something upsets the applecart, they do something which causes trouble or which spoils a satisfactory situation. It will only upset the applecart and confuse the issue if the topic is raised too soon. Note: You can also say that someone or something overturns the applecart. She still has the power to overturn the applecart by the sheer force of her personality and vocabulary.
See also: applecart, upset

upset the apple cart

wreck an advantageous project or disturb the status quo.
The use of a cart piled high with apples as a metaphor for a satisfactory but possibly precarious state of affairs is recorded in various expressions from the late 18th century onwards.
1996 Business Age The real test will be instability in China…Another Tiananmen Square could really upset the apple cart.
See also: apple, cart, upset

upset the/somebody’s ˈapple cart

(informal) do something that spoils a plan or stops the progress of something: Another, much cheaper hairdresser has opened next door, which has upset the apple cart.
See also: apple, cart, upset
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It's always upsetting when someone vandalizes something,'' said Ernie Villasenor, the city's street and property superintendent with the city of Fillmore.
Is it due to something that was upsetting to your child a long time ago, or something that just happened?
Fabrice Santoro of France continued his upsetting ways, ousting seventh-seeded Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals at Lyon, France.
5 Dain Blanton and Canyon Ceman, however, had too much history at this beach to allow Heidger and Swatik continue the upsetting trend of this tournament.
The Knights took great delight in upsetting the Scorpions, who beat them in football.
The Trojans defeated Arizona State 75-56 at the Sports Arena two days after upsetting then No.
The Beavers can be dangerous, upsetting Stanford in Corvallis two weeks ago.
PHOTO Barbara Rittner of Germany reacts after upsetting err or-prone Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, the No.
Photo: Slovakia's Katarina Studenikova, smacking a for ehand, showed no fear in upsetting Monica Seles.